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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mickey Harte: Football helped me deal with Michaela tragedy

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has spoken about how football helped him deal with the tragic death of his daughter Michaela.

In a revealing interview with Pat Kenny on Newstalk, the All-Ireland winning manager opened up about the murder of his daughter Michaela McAreavey during her honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011 and how he has coped with the grief since.

Since taking over as Tyrone boss, a number of tragedies have befallen the squad including the death of Paul McGirr following a minor gam, Cormac McAnallen's death from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome(SADS), the death of two siblings of Kevin Hughes in road accidents and the loss of Michaella.

"In times of trouble and times of strife, it (football) is a focus that you need to have outside of what is in front of you at this particular time," Harte said.

"When the tragedy which visited us comes upon you, and I know many people will be able to identify with this, it is such a dark cloud engulfs your life and there seems to be no way out but I think the hope I can give to people is with time the cloud begins to move.

"It may never go away, but it will move to the side. Therefore it doesn't dominate your thinking, it never goes away but you can manage it, you can be in control of when it has some degree of impact on your life. When you decide that life is still about living and you need to go on living, it is important for everyone else to be still there , to live life as best they can."

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